“There they are in great fear where no fear was, for God has scattered the bones of him who encamps against you; you have put them to shame, because God has despised them.” Psalm 53:5
I know many people that live with great amounts of fear and anxiety. There’s one lady I know that for many years has not left the house she lives in because of her fears and anxiety. Her fear of leaving her home is so great that she can’t even take her trash from her house to the garbage can outside. She has to collect it inside her house until someone can come and take it out for her. Of course she has to take care of business with the outside world so she has a small collection of friends that do her shopping for her and she’s able to pay whatever other expenses she has either on line or through the mail.
I don’t tell you about her to mock her fears or make fun of her. She needs our prayers and she needs God’s help her trust him so that he can drive out her fears and set her free to truly live.
On the other hand, I also know people that live in very dangerous situations. The cities and neighborhoods in which they make their homes are truly dangerous places to live. I also know people that every day go to work and labor for hours doing tasks that place their lives in jeopardy. Some of them are soldiers, others are police officers and firefighters, still others are working in hazardous aspects of the construction process. All of these people are very aware of the risks they face nearly everyday but still they choose to not live a life dictated and limited by their fears.
Today’s passage, Psalm fifty-three, is a short meditation on the follies of living a life in opposition, or with no regard, to God. It begins with the often quoted words, “The fool has said in his heart , ‘There is no God.’” Our modern world is increasingly being filled with people choosing to embrace this brand of foolishness and even more are choosing to live life as if this were true even though they profess to believe in God.
If you truly believe in God it will change how you live your live.
Our focus text tells us that with God present in our lives we have no reason to fear. He’s overcome our enemies and all the dangers in our lives. All that’s necessary is to look to him, let him be our guide, he’ll lead us safely through. Our confidence in him and the love he has for us will overwhelm any fear in our lives.
Isaiah twenty-six verse three says it this way, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
The world can go crazy, your own circumstances can even go crazy, but still with God present in your life, sheltering you, leading you, fulfilling his purpose for you, you have nothing to fear.